Mindful fitness at Soja focuses on three overlapping disciplines.
While each method offers significant benefits on its own, we encourage a comprehensive and cooperative approach to unlock your maximum potential,
achieve your goals and experience your natural power.
We combine the best practices from martial arts, dance, gymnastics, kettlebells, body weight exercises and other movement modalities to create results-oriented workouts that offer challenge and variety. These empowering and energetic workouts develop cardiovascular health and strong muscles. Restore your body’s basic functions, engage your anatomy and physiology, and learn to move in intelligent, natural ways during any strength-building or cardiovascular exercise.
Our noncompetitive approach distinguishes Soja from your typical MMA gym. Coordinated movements from kung fu, tai chi, silat, jujitsu, submission wrestling, kickboxing, stick fighting, and systema explore traditional techniques and self-defense as you learn solo forms and play-based partner exercises. Emphasis is on heightening control and body awareness, and practitioners of all ages, genders and experience levels will find encouragement and challenge as they work toward their goals
Applied Self Defense
Soja’s self-defense program is principles based which means it’s practical, effective, and – most importantly—accessible to people of all skill levels, whether you’re a pro or have never taken a self-defense class before. Rather than relying on complex skills, we give you an understanding of how criminals think and the mental tools and easy-to-learn physical techniques you can use to protect yourself and those you love.
Taken in concert, these three disciplines will empower you with better coordination, heightened awareness, a stronger, more limber body and a calm mind.
This kind of whole-body fitness will improve your performance across all your training and throughout your daily life.
Soja’s classes are about so much more than getting fit.
Our classes are an opportunity for you to establish community and a sustainable, more fulfilling relationship with where you live — your body.
Latest News from Soja
Find Your Power at Soja. Join Rory Miller for his Self Defense Weekend Nov. 10 - 13, Fri - Mon. Six 2-3 hour workshops: take 1, or all for a heavily discounted weekend price. Rory's groundbreaking technology and engaging teaching style offers you a wonderful opportunity to release yourself from life's normal limitations. Find your power through Rory's new way [...]
Heads up all parents and adults: ALL Kids and Adult White Crane martial arts classes will be outside this Saturday (Oct 28 only) in nearby San Pablo Park. Bring workout shoes, sun protection and water! Ralston's BJJ class will be inside the studio as usual. Questions? email@example.com Parents, we'll have a specific email [...]
Kids Day Camp Director Position for Soja Mind Body studio in West Berkeley - Available Immediately! Soja Mind Body is a martial arts and fitness studio in Berkeley searching for the perfect Kids Day Camp Director. We seek a dynamic, engaging individual who believes in the power of camp and who knows that their hardwork and dedication [...]
In celebration of Halloween, Soja is now offering kids classes at a discounted price! Get them to burn off their sugar with healthy movement and self defense! Please share with your local network so that they can take advantage of the great classes at Soja! This offer is good for kids who've not yet [...]
Hi Soja Community! Here's an update from Jeanette and our friends north of here in Sonoma/Napa with their needs for assistance to help in the recovery effort for the North Bay Fires: "With efforts of all jointed forces and most areas, a new 22,000 sq ft facility for both short-term and long-term has set up [...]
Terry Trahan Weekend with Terry Trahan SatSunDate: 12/9/2017 - 12/10/2017From: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Terry Trahan Returns for a Full Weekend of Workshops! Saturday 10am - 1pm The Golden Move in Silat We will be exploring the initial responses from Silat jurus, and isolate these positions in light of the Golden Move concept as taught [...]
Dear Soja Community, I've just received a specific request for supplies for donations for a shelter for fire victims in Santa Rosa: "Fire victims in a shelter in Santa Rosa are in desperate need of feminine hygiene products, soap, new hair brushes, new razors, blankets" They are good on clothing and shoes as of this [...]
Hi friends, here's a question for you all: I started practicing martial arts when I was a kid, and now 40 years later, I still find it to be a constructive way of engaging socially with other human beings on a deeply profound level. 40 years ago it was difficult to talk about martial arts [...]
Interesting new data suggests..... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/well/move/how-exercise-could-help-you-learn-a-new-language.html
How learning how to dodge punches can increase your martial arts ability - by Brendan Lea Most martial arts will teach you to block incoming punches as your main form of defense. I find many problems with this way of thinking. What if the person you are fighting is larger, stronger, and faster? How do [...]